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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - I think we'll have to forgive under-par performances at the Limerick Christmas Festival, given the gruelling nature of underfoot conditions, so Greenmount Park sixth WHATSTHECRACK JACK gets the nod. Equipped with a first-time visor then, Jimmy Mangan's Croco Rouge gelding tumbled from double figures in the morning into 9/2 but he ultimately could only manage a one-paced, over forty length defeat by Sacre Malta. Whatsthecrack Jack is relatively un-exposed, he now wears blinkers and given the nature of the confidence behind him a week ago, he may be worth chancing in an ordinary heat. Davy Russell's booking for handicap first-timer, C'est La Mode, takes the eye, whilst blinkers for the initial occasion on bumper winner, Golden Firth, could reap a dividend. Shanroe Society (James Lambe had two winners at Ayr on Wednesday) and Zara both appeal as horses that'll pick up a contest or two at some stage but a place in the frame might be as much as they can hope for now.
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An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-95
Weights - An extended handicap hurdle for four yrs old and upwards rated 80-95
Riders - Winner of a hurdle race after calculation of the handicap to carry 6lb extra for each hurdle race won.
Probable SP 5/1 Golden Firth, 13/2 Shanroe Society, Fiery Oscar, 8/1 C'est La Mode, 10/1 Whatsthecrack Jack, Do The Bookies, Zara, 12/1 Mount Vesuvius, 16/1 Premier Steel, 20/1 Dream Talk, Oceananic Six, Pink Suitcase.